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First State Investments – First State China Growth Fund


Growth by investing in companies based in or which derive their income from the People&#39s Republic of China

Minimum investment:
Lump sum $1,500

Investment split:
44.3% industrials, 24.9% consumer discretionary, 8.7% financials, 5.8% energy, 5% healthcare, 3.5% consumer staples, 2.9% utilities, 2.1% materials, 1.4% information technology, 1.4% cash

Place of registration:

Initial up to 5%,
annual 1.5%

Initial up to 5%,
renewal 0.5%

Tel: 0800 917 1717


Smee calls for a grace period if network fails

Aifa director general Paul Smee is calling on the FSA to allow appointed representative a grace period if their network goes out of business. Smee is concerned that when a network goes into administration its ARs could have a very short period of time to make fundamental decisions about the future of their businesses. Smee […]

Royal Liver Assurance – Progress

Type: Menu based protection plan providing income protection and term assurance with optional critical illness and unemployment cover INCOME PROTECTION Minimum benefit/minimum premium: None/£7.50 a month, £75 a year Minimum-maximum ages: 16-59, 18-59 for unemployment cover Deferred period: Choice of 4, 8, 13, 26 or 52 weeks Definition of disability: Own occupation Options: Guaranteed premium […]

Putting down new routes

There is no right and wrong way to buy a property but you must involve all your professional advisers in the debate. The route that offers the greatest freedom and flexibility – that of owning it yourself – unfortunately brings with it the most tax disadvantages. You will have to finance the property out of […]

A&L is aiming to ensure it&#39s business as usual

With regard to the article published in Money Marketing last week, headlined A&L will cut principal numbers after M-Day, I feel it misrepresented Alliance & Leicester and our work with intermediaries. We are working extremely hard as we approach M-Day to ensure that it will be business as usual for Alliance & Leicester but there […]

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England vs Australia: pensions

Well, the cricket season is here, and England and Australia are stepping up to the wicket. Although we compete with each other in the sporting world, when it comes to pensions, Australia’s pension programme is held up as a model for our auto-enrolment initiative. Auto-enrolment was introduced because people weren’t saving enough into their pensions, and it is still early days but signs are positive. However, in Australia, saving into a pension is compulsory, and in fact employers are the ones who have to pay in. Employees in Australia can make additional contributions into their pensions, but they don’t have to. Should the onus be on the employer or employee to save? Well in the UK we think it’s both, but to get ‘adequate’ savings for retirement it’s the employee who has to pay more in.


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